build·ing | \ ˈbil-diŋ \

Definition of building 

1 : a usually roofed and walled structure built for permanent use (as for a dwelling)

2 : the art or business of assembling materials into a structure

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Synonyms for building


edifice, structure

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Examples of building in a Sentence

My office is in that small brick building. We bought the land for building.

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Though all traces of the Papa John’s name will be removed from its buildings, university spokesman John Karman told the Louisville Courier-Journal that there were no plans to stop selling the chain’s pizza on campus, including inside the stadium. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Papa John's name removed from Louisville stadium following n-word controversy," 14 July 2018 In response to possible ways of protecting students during an incident of gun violence, one Ohio Valley school district has announced plans to equip their school buildings with a high-tech pepper spray system. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ohio School District to Install Pepper Spray “Threat Extinguisher” System," 13 July 2018 Bridgford Foods plans a redevelopment of its property, and companies including Pastorelli Food Products and Nealey Foods have their buildings on the market for sale to developers. Ryan Ori,, "In exodus from Fulton Market, surviving meatpackers scatter and adapt," 13 July 2018 More space needed Connoils CEO Stacy Peterson — a Big Bend native — said the company has simply outgrown its current building and is looking for more space. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Connoils, manufacturer of hemp and other oils, to move from the town of Waukesha to Big Bend," 13 July 2018 After Maurizio Gucci was gunned down on the red marble floor of his Milanese office building early on March 27, 1995, the question was not just why he had been killed but who — among his enemies — had gone through with committing his murder? Adam Carlson,, "Hit Man in the House of Gucci: Behind the Twisted Murder Plot That Brought Down a Fashion Mogul," 12 July 2018 The deal will be a boon to the Kushners, who are struggling to recoup their investments in their flagship building. New York Times, "Kushner’s Firm Deepens Ties to Those With Business in Washington," 11 July 2018 Our office building practically lists when a storm rolls in and everyone rushes to one side to watch it. Karina Bland, azcentral, "Yay, it’s raining! Now stop trying to shoot video from a moving car," 11 July 2018 Eighty-two buildings have been destroyed, 12 have been damaged and 1,222 remain threatened as of Monday evening. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Firefighters gain ground, some evacuations lifted: Northern California fires update," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of building

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of building was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of building

: a structure (such as a house, hospital, school, etc.) with a roof and walls that is used as a place for people to live, work, do activities, store things, etc.

: the act or process of making structures by putting together materials


build·ing | \ ˈbil-diŋ \

Kids Definition of building

1 : a permanent structure built as a dwelling, shelter, or place for human activities or for storage an office building

2 : the art, work, or business of assembling materials into a structure

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